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Armenia's jailed ex-President says “new powerful opposition forces emerging“
2019-05-08 11:29:44

Armenia's imprisoned former president Robert Kocharyan told Reuters powerful opposition forces were coming together to challenge the country’s new leadership soon, and that he hoped to be among them.

Kocharyan said that new politicians and opposition parties were emerging in Armenia.

"This process will certainly lead to the creation of a powerful political force capable of challenging the authorities very soon," he said in written answers to questions sent by Reuters.

Asked if he would be personally involved in the emerging opposition, he replied: "Yes, of course."

But he did not give details about what form that involvement could take.

Kocharyan also said that the charges against him were politically motivated, and accused Pashinyan's government of selectively applying the law to keep him in jail.

Robert Kocharyan is charged with overthrowing constitutional order in March 2008 following a disputed presidential election. At least ten people were killed in clashes between police and protesters on March 1, 2008.